Rate reliefs

There are seven different reliefs available to reduce the amount of Business Rates that you have to pay:

Small business rate relief

This is available at a maximum of 100% for ratepayers occupying single properties with a rateable value up to £12,000

Empty property relief

If your premises are empty you may be entitled to a 3 month void period followed by a 50% reduction in your business rates bill

Charitable rate relief

Charities are entitled to relief where the property is used for charitable purposes

Rural rate relief

Since 1 April 1998 relief has been available for businesses situated in a 'rural settlement' area with populations of 3000 or less inhabitants

Hardship relief

Every local authority has the discretion to remit all or part of a Business Rates bill on the grounds of financial hardship

Transitional phasing

A revaluation of every Non Domestic rates property is carried out every 5 years so that the values in the rating list are accurate and up to date

Empty property re-occupation relief

You can get 50% off your business rates if you occupy a retail premises that’s been empty for one year or more

Non-profit making organisations relief

Rate relief for non domestic properties occupied by certain bodies not established or conducted for profit

Sports club relief

Sports clubs are entitled to relief where the property is used as an amateur sports club


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